Not to the Swift
Again I saw that under the sun sthe race is not to the swift, nor tthe battle to the strong, nor bread to the wise, nor riches to the intelligent, nor favor to those with knowledge, but time and uchance vhappen to them all (Ecclesiastes 9:11).
This has long been a very important verse for me. If a stranger to it you'll meed to look at some of the supporting verses, but the gist is, this life is not fair and was never meant to be. "Fairness" is a human construct. It is not God's way. Horatio Alger and Benjamin Franklin may have led us to believe that hard work pays, but God says otherwise. That is, it is always best to do your best, but don't be surprised when those who don't work as hard as you, or know as much as you, or care as much, or are as capable, get the honor and the recognition and the promotion and the credit. This is the way of God, who "puts down one and exalts another" (Ps 75:7). It's all determined by Him. The race is not to the swift. I.e., oftentimes losers are the real winners.